As anyone who has bought a cheap tripod knows, skimping on this important piece of equipment usually isn’t worth it. That’s not to say that a tripod should cost you your first born, but there are quite a few things you should take into account when you are buying one. We once again hit up the Light Stalking twitter community to tell us their top things to consider when buying a tripod and once again they didn’t disappoint. Here is a list of things you should take into account when buying the perfect tripod.
(Twitter: @mgerpe Web: MGerpe) Rock the Promaster 6400 tripod! It’s kind of bulky but its good for outdoor and landscape shots. It’s a quality build and not bad for $99 or less.
(Twitter: @Chanfa Web: Fallon Chan) Make sure you try out the tripod at a store. You might think it is light or tall enough but might turn out to be too heavy or too short
(Twitter: @Chanfa Web: Fallon Chan) I almost bought a Manfrotto 190xprob thinking 4lbs was okay but it’s a good thing that I tested it before ordering because it was too heavy!
(Twitter: @Ippso Web: Spasi) Go for Carbon-tripods. They´re light-weight, but still sturdy. Benro makes a range of great ones.
(Twitter: @alangraham Web: Alan Graham) Spend more than you'd be comfortable with – you'll replace the cheap one anyway.
(Twitter: @luulooPhoto Web: Loretta Ayeroff) Keep the tripod head loose and dance with it until you find your spot then lock it in!
(Twitter: @PeterDixie Web: Peter Dixie Photography) Weight, strength, rigidity, stability – avoid plastic parts in the head – these tend to be too flexible. I use Slik and Benro.
(Twitter: @tracymacy Web: Tracy MCL) Look for portability, I'm getting the Gorillapod!
(Twitter: @MrPhotographic Web: ClickClick Baby) Look for lightweight and for the legs to lock at different angles, horizontal capability, hook for weight beneath and a strap / bag to carry it with!
(Twitter: @stuherbert Web: Stuart Therbert) Look for a tripod with a spirit level, variable adjustable legs, shoulder carrying strap and light weight.
As you can see, there are a few different opinions on getting the right tripod, but a few recurring themes stick out. For starters, most people prefer a solid build so that the tripod doesn’t move in windy conditions. However, if you’re likely to be carrying the tripod a long way, then weight can be an issue so make sure you consider how you will be using the equipment. Manfrottos and Gorillapods seem to be the winners in terms of which ones to buy.